The story of our historic theater is as colorful as the films we project on the screen. Built for the residents of DeWitt in 1878, the Operahouse has continuously provided entertainment for over 140 years. From traveling shows to silent movies to state-of-the-art digital projection the Operahouse has surpassed the vision of its founders. Read more about our vibrant history here.
We show first-run movies on our single screen which towers over the original stage. While movies are our main attraction, the Operahouse is also a venue for other community and private events such as the DeWitt Noon Lions Travelogues, concerts, speakers, and more. And, we’re not just for DeWitt residents anymore! We have loyal patrons from over 41 different zip codes!
The building is owned by the DeWitt Theater Company, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a local board of directors, while the business is owned by Steven and Michelle Martens. Before Steven and Michelle took over in 2021, the Operahouse was run by the Prichard family for over 30 years. Michelle grew up going to the movies in DeWitt and has many fond memories that involve the Operahouse. Steven and Michelle are excited to provide the community with an opportunity to make memories of their own.
The Operahouse mission statement “Clean, Cheap, and Courteous” was implemented by the Prichard family in 1986 and the same commitment continues 33 years later. Some say we’re no frills, but we call it charm. You won’t find fancy recliners, reserved seating or 3D movies, but you will find a clean, accessible, affordable and friendly environment to watch your favorite films! We pride ourselves in great customer service and the best popcorn around (#realbutter)!
We are dedicated to continuing the long-standing tradition of bringing entertainment to our patrons. We hope you can join us and make memories of your own. It’s an experience as unforgettable as the films we show!
MOVIE SHOWTIMES AND PRICES
We have one movie screen in an auditorium that seats 239. We show first-run movies usually two to three weeks after the national release date. Movies are usually played for one week starting Friday evenings and ending on Thursday evenings unless otherwise specified. This helps us keep our prices affordable and the selection fresh! To see what’s playing click here.
Our current showtimes are Friday – Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and matinees are every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for evening shows and 1:15 p.m. for matinees. Showtimes are subject to change if the Operahouse is hosting a special event. For current showtimes click here.
Matinee tickets are $4.00 (all ages)
Evening tickets are $5.00 (all ages)
We hear all the time that we have the best movie theater popcorn around and we agree! Not only is it grown and processed in Iowa, but it’s popped fresh every day and topped with real butter at your request. We also offer the classic movie munching staples such as Coco-Cola beverages, fruit juices, bottled water and over 20 kinds of candy at affordable prices.
Allergy Information: We pop our popcorn with a soybean and coconut blend oil. We do sell candy containing nuts and/or peanut butter. We use real butter as a popcorn topping.
We are completely accessible to all people regardless of mobility and physical issues. In the front entrance we have a motorized lift, as well as, a ramp at the back entrance. We have several removable seats in the auditorium to accommodate wheelchairs. While not required, we do appreciate if you call ahead to make arrangements.
We have Closed Caption sets available for the hearing impaired. Please ask for one at the concession stand.
We have the perfect gift for movie lovers of all ages! Gift certificates and movie passes can be purchased at the Operahouse during regular business hours. For convenience, we also have gift certificates and passes available for purchase at Emma Rae’s Antiques and Uniques as well as Scott Drug Pharmacy in downtown DeWitt.
FIRST CENTRAL ART GALLERY
In addition to playing your favorite movies, we have a small art gallery featuring local artists. Our lobby walls are decorated in a variety of mediums from woodworking to watercolors which change every six weeks. There are also permanent displays of local artists John Bloom and Ellen Wagoner. For the current artist on display click here.
If you’re interested in displaying art at the Operahouse, please contact the DeWitt Fine Arts Foundation. https://www.facebook.com/DeWittFineArts/
With 239 comfortable seats and great acoustics, the Operahouse is the perfect venue for a variety of events. From seminars and employee outings to recitals, concerts and private birthday parties we have the amenities to make your event a memorable one!
Rental fees depend on the day and time of your event. The rental fee does not include concessions but we can be provided for an additional cost. Additionally, we welcome your business to host seminars and workshops for your employees during non-movie hours. To rent the Operahouse, please contact us at (563) 659-8213 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.